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A Tale of Demons


Wanted to fill you all in on the storyline for this epic franshise. This was taken from The Diablo Wiki (Yes, they have their own wiki) This is part 1 of 3. This is the start of the beginning which would take place in the first Diablo. Enjoy!

             The story of Diablo is based on the premise of a war between Heaven and Hell The town of Tristram is under attack by demons, and the player must save the town. As the player delves into the underworld, he discovers more about the demon Diablo, through large tomes that are found throughout the levels. Eventually, the player reaches the lair of Diablo and must kill him.

Diablo, an incredibly powerful demon, is the Lord of Terror and one of the Three Prime Evils of Hell, who had been imprisoned in a SoulStone and buried in caverns deep beneath the town of Tristram. Though his imprisonment was meant to be eternal, the power of the Soulstone weakened over centuries, eventually allowing Diablo to awaken from his forced slumber. He telepathically turns a nearby human, the Archbishop Lazarus, into his loyal puppet. In order for Diablo to actually leave the Soulstone, it needs to be housed in a mortal vessel. He possesses Lazarus, and then tries to gain control of King Leoric, the local ruler, but Diablo, in his weakened state, is unable to overpower Leoric. Since Diablo is too weak to possess the king, he abandons the idea. This leaves the monarch’s mind numb and his soul corrupted. He then gets Lazarus to kidnap King Leoric’s son, Prince Albrecht, so that Diablo can possess and warp him, thereby attaining material form and strength. At the moment of the boy’s possession, his terror is so great that the boundaries between the realms are broken and parts of Hell seep into the mortal world and take root in the subterranean labyrinth beneath Tristram. Diablo may have a body now, but he is far from his full power, so he bides his time and summons countless hordes of demons and infests the whole underground complex, claiming the new region of Hell as his own personal lair.

Soon afterwards the maddened Leoric is slain by his own lieutenants. Demons appear in the countryside as the Lord of Terror regains his strength in the heart of the labyrinth and prepares for the time when he would once again emerge to seek his brothers – Baal and Mephisto – and free them as well. It seemed to be a matter of time until the Prime Evils gained dominion over the entire mortal realm.

At the end of the game, the player character removes the soulstone from “Diablo’s” head. To the players surprise Diablo begins to melt away revealing Prince Albrecht’s body underneath. The hero then pierces his or her head with the soulstone, attempting to contain the Lord of Terror. However, the end of the game hints at a darker outcome. The final scene depicts the hero, swathed in a shadowy, hooded cloak. Diablo II later confirms that Diablo was indeed too strong, and possessed the hero who slew him.

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